October 29, 2007

Dormir, dormir

According to an article in New York magazine, loss of sleep is responsible for many of the ailments we face today:

  • "Sleep-deprived people fail to recall pleasant memories yet recall gloomy memories just fine"
  • "Sleep loss also elevates the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is lipogenic, meaning it stimulates your body to make fat,"
  • "... experiment shortening adults’ sleep to six hours a night. After two weeks, they reported they were doing okay. Yet on a battery of tests, they proved to be just as impaired as someone who has stayed awake for 24 hours straight."
Here's something for the parents amongst us
  • "On average, children who sleep less are fatter than children who sleep more."
  • Sleep deficiency "has the power to set [kids'] cognitive abilities back years."
Here's one for Mrs. Maristhany (and the rest of the principals at Colegio Interamericano):

“Of all the arguments I’ve heard over school start-times, not one person has argued that children learn more at 7:15 a.m. than at 8:30.” (Dr. Mark Mahowald, U Minnesota professor who runs a sleep clinic)

Too late. 14 years too late.

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